Okay, so I’m learning already this week about how to use hashtags so that they are discoverable and no-one else has used them. Yikes! It’s a minefield, but the secret for me is to tread very carefully (which if my mother were still alive would make her giggle, as she used to say I was like a bull in a china shop!)🐂🙂
One of the things I enjoy about blogging is that as you write, you pause from time to time and think, “Why did I use that word?”, “Where does that word come from?” That’s what I was thinking when I decided to write about compassion. The word seems to derive from Latin compassio which itself is translated from the Greek sympatheia. So to embody compassion, we must have sympathy, pity, empathy with someone. In other words, we share their pain at that moment. And when a problem is shared, we are half way to solving it, aren’t we?
Compassion is something which I lacked in my younger adult life. Like many people, I was so entwined in the material world seeking my happiness there, with a “What’s in it for me?” attitude, that it hardened my heart over time. I had (subconsciously even) locked the door of my heart so that no pain could hurt me and no harm could come to me. I know now, of course, that life doesn’t work like that. We have to open our heart and let the light flood in, be brave enough to analyse ourselves and change our bad habits. For it is through our choices in life that we create for ourselves either pain and harm or joy and success. When we become aware of this and decide to change, only then can pain and harm no longer trouble us. I was blessed to go through this awakening life transition around 9 years ago when chronic ill-health struck. It afforded me the space and time to do this inner work, and to start to see the world around me and everything in it in its true light: a cosmic dance of energy. Through my own suffering, I could finally empathise with others’ suffering. The door to compassion had been wedged open.
My husband, on the other hand, is one of those naturally kind and compassionate people. He is truly inspiring, helping others instinctively with no thought of reward. He is happy to describe himself as my carer. I don’t need help with everything, but as I have chronic fatigue and daily pain which pops up in random places, there are some things I can’t manage, like showering, drying hair, housework (no great loss!), shopping and so on. Anyway, whenever he does something to help me, I always thank him, and he replies (affecting a silly voice) “Everything I do, I do for you.”
Now, lock me up if you think I’ve gone mad (and even if I were, why would you?) but I’ve come to the realisation recently that God or my Guru (which are really one and the same for me because my Guru is the mouthpiece for a silent God) are at times speaking to me through my husband (and others, but that’s another post!). Let me explain. As part of my meditation every day, I chant mantras translated from Sanskrit, or I say Christian prayers. But sometimes the archaic language is a barrier to my devotion. All I really want is a simple mantra that sums it all up: how I want to get closer to God and live a good life helping others. Something like, “Everything I do, I do for you”! When my husband says it, he is addressing me; when I say it, I am addressing God and Guru. It’s perfect.
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For this week’s #healingwordsthu I wanted to highlight an amazingly beautiful YouTube video 40 acts of compassion by Micah Christian.
These are just a few of the acts of compassion mentioned in this short 5 minute video. You may have heard of many of them before, but to make a difference, we know that it’s no longer enough just to read and perhaps leave nice feedback. We also need to make the right choice to put inspiration into practice. We need to act.
TODAY: Take 5 minutes out of your busy day. Watch the video and let it inspire you! Now, here’s the most important part – commit to putting one or two of the ideas into action in your life.
- Leave a room cleaner than you found it
- Ask people to donate to a charity you specify instead of giving you gifts for birthdays
- Pick up rubbish (or dog poo) on the ground instead of stepping over it
- Register to be an organ donor
- Talk to a cashier when they are serving you and ask how their day is going….and really listen to their answer
- Give up your seat on a bus or train to someone who looks tired
Have a great weekend. Much love, Anita.💙